Busy times in the real world has hurt my output rate here, but I couldn’t let pass my annual predictions thread. (See 2012 thread here). Before moving on, some highlights from said thread:
I got Obama over Romney right, but expected closer, called a Dem. win by 54-46 in MA-Sen. The rest of my predictions were crap. As for yours…
Bluewatch calls the Red Sox suckitude and predicts sub-8% unemployment, jconway predicts Anderson Cooper coming out, Ryan predicts that Carl Crawford specifically will suck.
Here are my wrong predictions for 2013…please follow up with yours:
Scott Brown loses Senate special to Capuano, becomes a gadfly on cable tv.
John Boehner loses his Speakership and resigns his seat. Cries.
John Kerry becomes Secretary of State, has less access to White House than did Clinton. US foreign policy hurt by the fact that Susan Rice is essentially running our foreign policy, but John Kerry sits behind the desk.
SCOTUS hands down a 5-4 decision that upholds marriage equality; one judge announces retirement.
A more punitive version of “right to work” is invented in the South, wherein unions have to pay for unemployment, or something like that.
Angela Merkel rules Germany and the EU uninterrupted.
By the end of the year, it is difficult to distinguish President Morsi from President Mubarak. With a wavering Saudi Arabia near the point of open intra-family fighting, Egypt moves into leadership of the Arab World.
Assad is assassinated.
Thein Sein is removed from power in Burma after threatening the generals’ economic interests. This is done while Suu Kyi is out of the country, and she is not permitted re-entry into the country.
Tensions heat up on circumpolar rights due to unabated global climate change. China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea are also subject to continued contest.
The NHL settles, and nobody notices. The Bengals win the Super Bowl.
Two of the top 10 most subscribed newspapers in the country announce that they will cease publication.
Les Mis beats out Lincoln for best picture, but doesn’t win any other major Oscars.
SinoPec enters the American market.
Facebook stock plunges after forecasters say it will not break even or make profit using current model.
A serious earthquake on the West Coast. Sorry.
A landmark ruling undermines the way that the NCAA controls its “student-athletes”.
The Vatican and Beijing work out their differences due to shared interests.
Something similar to Stuxnet strikes either Israel or the US.
Nothing is done about America’s love affair with guns.